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Ulrich Beck's best selling Risk Society established risk on the sociological agenda. It brought together a wide range of issues centering on environmental, health and personal risk, provided a rallying ground for researchers and activists in a variety of social movements and acted as a reference point for state and local policies in risk management. The Risk Society and Beyond charts the progress of Beck's ideas and traces their evolution. It demonstrates why the issues raised by Beck reverberate widely throughout social theory and covers the new risks that Beck did not foresee, associated with the emergence of new technologies, genetic and cybernetic. The book is unique because it offers both an introduction to the main arg
Chapter 11: Discourses of Risk and Utopia
Discourses of Risk and Utopia
Recent discussions have placed not only risk but utopia at the centre of contemporary social theory. They contain both the dystopian warning ‘if this goes on and the associated utopian ‘if only They raise the questions which brought me to sociology: What is to be done? How shall we live? -although sociology and sociologists resolutely refused to try to answer these questions, first in pursuit of a chimerical value-neutrality and then in insistence on relativism. In reinstating these questions, works by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens have moved away from a discourse in which utopianism was rejected out of hand, as something associated with modernity and rationality, and with totalitarianism, fascism, Stalinism, communism and socialism, all ...